The number of coronavirus patients in Turkey increased by 561 on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 2,433, while the death toll topped 59.

To date, information on the geographical spread of the virus have not been released however, with the increase in numbers, no-one can assume there are no cases their area.

Turkey has taken a series of measures to contain the virus, including limiting the use of public spaces, imposing a partial curfew on the elderly, as well as closing schools, cafes and bars, banning mass prayers, and suspending sports matches and flights.

Early on Wednesday, Education Minister Ziya Selcuk said the closure of all schools would be extended until April 30, and said home schooling would continue during this period.

READ: Coronavirus cases record big jump in Turkey as 2,433 diagnosed, 59 dead

Numbers to call in case of an emergency

COVID-19 daily round up – Wednesday 25 March 2020

These are the four major hotlines in Turkey right now: 184, which exclusively handles coronavirus cases, 112, related to all kinds of health questions and requests, 155 for the police, and 156 for the gendarmerie in rural areas.

According to Turkish media reports, 112 also has English speakers for foreign nationals even though a caller may not reach an English-speaker right away on his or her first call. The general emergency hotline can help with doctors’ visits, renewing prescriptions (which are now automatic for those over 65), calling an ambulance and the like.

Source: TRT World

Covid-19: How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

Coronaviruses are well known to be particularly resilient in terms of where they can survive.

Neeltje van Doremalen, a virologist at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and her colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana, have done some of the first tests of how long Sars-CoV-2 can last for on different surfaces.

READ: Covid-19: How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

Life in Turkey adapts to quarantine as death toll from virus rises

COVID-19 daily round up – Wednesday 25 March 2020
A worker serves tea to a man staying at a dormitory for people under quarantine in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AA Photo)

Turkey’s heightened measures against the COVID-19 outbreak continue as the death toll hits 59, while thousands of arrivals from abroad await the end of their quarantine period

READ: Life in Turkey adapts to quarantine as death toll from virus rises

Global Death Toll

The global death toll has surpassed 22,339, with 502,938 cases confirmed, according to Worldometer

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